In the final scene of “Kung Fu Panda 2,” we were teased with a glimpse of a panda village where our hero Po’s long-lost father, Li, is living. Five years and nearly 600 artists later, that village is fully realized, and has become the 8th wonder of the world. As the visual development images show, Li’s home is a stunningly majestic and picturesque world. It’s a living paradise that mixes ancient Chinese architecture with the pure beauty of nature.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” is the first co-production between DreamWorks Animation and the Shanghai-based studio, Oriental DreamWorks. The alliance has brought a striking level of detail and authenticity to this panda Shangri-La.
“We worked with Oriental DreamWorks to create a faithful panda environment,” says production designer Raymond Zibach, better known as Ramone. “Many of the details we used to surround the pandas were done by the art department in China.”
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